The Ukrainian Armed Forces has begun strengthening its naval presence in the Sea of Azov, local media report.
The first of three Project 58155 ‘Gyurza-M’ armoured gun boats was transferred by road transporter (there are no connecting inland waterways) to the Azov Port of Berdyansk, arriving on 8 September. Ukraine has received six Project 58155 craft.
On 6 September, at a closed meeting of Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council, a range of measures was approved to reinforce its presence in the Sea of Azov and the country’s southern region, following a decree by President Petro Poroshenko. As part of this, Kiev is to create a missile-equipped naval infantry group in the area to counter potential amphibious attacks and naval shore bombardments.
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